Eric Selbin is one of the leading “fourth generation” theorists of revolution. He is a professor of political science and university scholar at Southwestern University. From 2003 to 2006, Selbin also held a joint appointment as professor of peace and conflict studies at Umeå University in Sweden.
Selbin’s first book was Modern Latin American Revolutions, published in 1993 and revised in 1999. His current book, Revolution, Rebellion, Resistance: The Power of Story, contends that we need to look beyond economic, political, and social structural conditions to the thoughts and feelings of the people who make revolutions, and specifically to the role(s) of myth, memory, mimesis, and the stories of past injustices and struggles that people relay and rework as they fight in the present toward a better future. He has recently completed with Meghana Nayak Decentering International Relations and is currently completing with John Foran and Jack Goldstone Understanding Revolutions.
Selbin has published a number of articles and book chapters on matters revolutionary, most recently on what was so revolutionary about the Iranian revolution and whether the Cuban revolution still matters. He is co-editor with Professor Vicki Golich of the book series New Millennium Books in International Studies for Rowman & Littlefield. In 2007, Selbin was one of two current professors selected among Southwestern’s “All-time ‘Fave Five’ Faculty” by the SU Alumni Association, and in 2002, he received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.